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Secretary Thomas Issues Statement in Response to Superior Court Decision on Bridgeport Election

(Hartford, CT) – Secretary of the State Stephanie Thomas issued this statement in response to Superior Court Judge William F. Clark’s decision to order a new mayoral Primary Election in Bridgeport:

“We’re pleased Judge Clark is protecting the integrity of our elections by ordering a new Primary Election. Per the Court’s decision, the Secretary of the State’s office will confer with the mayoral candidate campaigns, elections officials in Bridgeport, and other officials to determine the date of the new Primary within 10 days.

We will work with the interim election monitor to determine next steps, and we will issue a new election calendar, which will be posted to once the new primary date has been set.

We hope the city will ensure that all eligible voters are made aware of the new date to avoid disenfranchising any citizens. The Court’s finding that there was a ‘significant mishandling of ballots’ should be of great concern to all. Our office will continue to advocate for policies such as drop box surveillance, a Connecticut Election Court, and investment in voter education – all of which will strengthen our election system.”


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